… As summarized by VoR, in his article, published by Argumenty Nedeli, Putin’s economic aide and the mastermind behind the Eurasian Economic Union, argues that Washington is trying to provoke a Russian military intervention in Ukraine, using the junta in Kiev as bait. If fulfilled, the plan will give Washington a number of important benefits. Firstly, it will allow the US to introduce new sanctions against Russia, writing off Moscow’s portfolio of US Treasury bills. More important is that a new wave of sanctions will create a situation in which Russian companies won’t be able to service their debts to European banks.
According to Glazyev, the so-called “third phase” of sanctions against Russia will be a tremendous cost for the European Union. The total estimated losses will be higher than 1 trillion euros. Such losses will severely hurt the European economy, making the US the sole “safe haven” in the world. Harsh sanctions against Russia will also displace Gazprom from the European energy market, leaving it wide open for the much more expensive LNG from the US.
Co-opting European countries in a new arms race and military operations against Russia will increase American political influence in Europe and will help the US force the European Union to accept the American version of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a trade agreement that will basically transform the EU into a big economic colony of the US. Glazyev believes that igniting a new war in Europe will only bring benefits for America and only problems for the European Union. Washington has repeatedly used global and regional wars for the benefit of the American economy and now the White House is trying to use the civil war in Ukraine as a pretext to repeat the old trick.
Glazyev’s set of countermeasures specifically targets the core strength of the US war machine, i.e. the Fed’s printing press. Putin’s advisor proposes the creation of a “broad anti-dollar alliance” of countries willing and able to drop the dollar from their international trade. Members of the alliance would also refrain from keeping the currency reserves in dollar-denominated instruments. Glazyev advocates treating positions in dollar-denominated instruments like holdings of junk securities and believes that regulators should require full collateralization of such holdings. An anti-dollar coalition would be the first step for the creation of an anti-war coalition that can help stop the US’ aggression.
Unsurprisingly, Sergey Glazyev believes that the main role in the creation of such a political coalition is to be played by the European business community because America’s attempts to ignite a war in Europe and a cold war against Russia are threatening the interests of big European business. Judging by the recent efforts to stop the sanctions against Russia, made by the German, French, Italian and Austrian business leaders, Putin’s aide is right in his assessment. Somewhat surprisingly for Washington, the war for Ukraine may soon become the war for Europe’s independence from the US and a war against the dollar.
Given that the US dollar is the means by which this country is being asset-stripped in this hostile takeover, we should follow the russian lead and boycott federal reserve notes. It may not be as outlandishly difficult as it appears, and it may be necessary as all the foreign-held dollars come home looking for a place to be dumped. Every dollar in your pocket is an investment in your own enslavement and that of your children.
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
The recent tragedy at the University of California, Santa Barbara has reignited debate over the fraught issues of gun control, mental health, and school safety. The loss of any life is of course tragic. Parents, community members, and policy makers are right to ask questions about how each attack might have been prevented.
But some perspective is in order. Type “mass shootings” and “common” into a search engine and you’ll get all sorts of breathless commentary that might lead one to believe there Americans face a genuine epidemic of shooting rampages. A few headlines:
Vox: “Mass shootings on campus are getting more common and more deadly.”
ThinkProgress: “Mass Shootings Are Becoming More Frequent.”
NPR: “Study: Mass Shootings Are On The Rise Across U.S.”
Washington Post: “Why are mass shootings becoming more common?”
The truth, simply put, is that mass shootings —as horrible and nightmarish as they are — are very rare, constitute a tiny sliver of homicides, and are not becoming more frequent. The debate over how to respond to gun violence is controversial and unlikely to yield solutions that will satisfy everyone. That said, any efforts that intend to strike a balance between safety, self-defense, and civil liberties must take account of these inconvenient truths.
Homicide in America is far more common than it ought to be. But mass shootings — defined as four or more murders in the same incident — constitute a minuscule share of the total, as I discuss in “The Shooting Cycle” in the most recent edition of the Connecticut Law Review
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that from 2002-2011, 95 percent of total homicide incidents involved a single fatality, 4 percent involved two victims, 0.6 percent involved 3 victims, and only .02 percent involved four or more victims. Another study performed between 1976 and 2005 yields similar results — that less than one-fifth of 1 percent all murders in the United States involved four or more victims. In other words, the bottom line is that out of every 10,000 incidents of homicide, roughly two are mass killings.
Further, contrary to what the zeitgeist may suggest, mass shootings are not on the rise. Prominent criminologist James Alan Fox has found “no upward trend in mass killings” since the ’70s. Take campus statistics as an example: “Overall in this country, there is an average of 10 to 20 murders across campuses in any given year,” Fox told CNN (and roughly 99 percent of these reported homicides were not mass shootings). “Compare that to over 1,000 suicides and about 1,500 deaths from binge drinking and drug overdoses.” Mass shootings on college campuses lag far, far behind many much more prevalent social and mental health problems. …
The rise of fascism in the US, whether in “left” or “right” garb, has not gone unnoticed by the survivors of nazi germany and their descendants. We should get a clue, especially in light of the evidence of false flags in so many recent massacres. http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2012/12/staged-massacres-important-links/
The real purpose of war is domestic social control.
Online Action – The “Humanitarian Crisis” at the Border is Actually a U.S. Foreign Policy Crisis
Since 2008, the U.S. has intensified the “drug war”, spending over $800 million in security aid to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador through the “Central American Regional Security Initiative” (CARSI) as well as millions more in bilateral military and police aid to each individual country. Yet Central America has faced increasing and extreme levels of violence during this time. Extrajudicial executions, torture, violence against women, the targeting of grassroots and indigenous leaders, and other human rights violations have risen since the U.S. dramatically increased funding and training of Central American security forces, many of which are infiltrated by the drug cartels, especially in post-coup Honduras. It should be no surprise that approximately 28% of the children detained near the border this year are from Honduras, while 24% are from Guatemala, and 21% from El Salvador.
The current “humanitarian crisis” on the border, is a direct result of past and present U.S. economic and security policies in Central America. The patterns of violence and forced migration established during the dirty wars of the 20th century have continued unabated. Since then, the governments of Central America have overwhelmingly implemented exclusionary, neoliberal economic policies at the behest of the “Washington Consensus”, while their U.S. funded and trained (many at the School of the Americas) security forces have continued to brutally protect little except the interests of local oligarchies and multinational corporations. Past and current support for the post-coup Honduras is but the most egregious example of the harm caused by these policies. It is time for the U.S. to radically reevaluate its foreign policy towards the region, and take responsibility for its past and present role in exacerbating the root causes of migration. A good start would be ending the counterproductive funding of the drug war and the corrupt post-coup Honduran regime.
Clearly the administration is facilitating this mass migration, the question is: for what purpose? Humanitarianism doesn’t pass the laugh test. Could it be part of the domestic destabilization campaign (war on drugs, war on families, war on education, war on jobs, war on the federal treasury) that has been waged for decades? What better way to create social division and obliterate even the expectation of democracy than to import large numbers of people who don’t speak english and are accustomed to living under a US-sponsored military dictatorship?
And when the economy goes to hell and state treasuries are depleted, what will become of the vast numbers of prisoners stewing away in american prisons? It would be in keeping with the shock doctrine to just dump them on the streets. The idea is to sow chaos and clean up after the collapse. This is what happened during the Great Ripoff of the ’30s that the “fed” also caused. http://thoughtcrimeradio.net/2014/03/reprise-bernanke-admits-fed-caused-great-depression/ But that will pale in comparison to what’s coming now.
Social science is being militarised to develop ‘operational tools’ to target peaceful activists and protest movements
A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies. The multi-million dollar programme is designed to develop immediate and long-term “warfighter-relevant insights” for senior officials and decision makers in “the defense policy community,” and to inform policy implemented by “combatant commands.”
Launched in 2008 – the year of the global banking crisis – the DoD ‘Minerva Research Initiative’ partners with universities “to improve DoD’s basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US.”Advertisement
Among the projects awarded for the period 2014-2017 is a Cornell University-led study managed by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research which aims to develop an empirical model “of the dynamics of social movement mobilisation and contagions.” The project will determine “the critical mass (tipping point)” of social contagians by studying their “digital traces” in the cases of “the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the 2011 Russian Duma elections, the 2012 Nigerian fuel subsidy crisis and the 2013 Gazi park protests in Turkey.”
Twitter posts and conversations will be examined “to identify individuals mobilised in a social contagion and when they become mobilised.”
Another project awarded this year to the University of Washington “seeks to uncover the conditions under which political movements aimed at large-scale political and economic change originate,” along with their “characteristics and consequences.” The project, managed by the US Army Research Office, focuses on “large-scale movements involving more than 1,000 participants in enduring activity,” and will cover 58 countries in total.
Last year, the DoD’s Minerva Initiative funded a project to determine ‘Who Does Not Become a Terrorist, and Why?’ which, however, conflates peaceful activists with “supporters of political violence” who are different from terrorists only in that they do not embark on “armed militancy” themselves. The project explicitly sets out to study non-violent activists:
“In every context we find many individuals who share the demographic, family, cultural, and/or socioeconomic background of those who decided to engage in terrorism, and yet refrained themselves from taking up armed militancy, even though they were sympathetic to the end goals of armed groups. The field of terrorism studies has not, until recently, attempted to look at this control group. This project is not about terrorists, but about supporters of political violence.” …
Is it possible these rocket scientists are ignorant of the nature of the system they propose to perpetuate? They should look between their legs and ask what’s missing and why. They have been empathically lobotomized for a reason.
Some easy to forget facts:
1. Under former CIA Director President George Herbert Walker Bush, the US government imported tons of cocaine into the US which it received as payment for guns to the Contras. (Of course, a lot of blow was not part of the deal, it was just dope dealing from dope dealings sake.)
2. Bill Clinton was Governor of Arkansas at the time where much of this massive operation took place.
3. Under Clinton’s direct watch the system to launder all the money coming in was set up and he had total personal control over it as governor.
4. His wife, soon to be candidate for president, worked at the law firm which handled all the paperwork.
If Hillary gets the White House, she will be the fifth president in a row who had an active involvement in the cocaine business as a consumer and/or operator.
George Bush Sr, Bill Clinton, George Bush Jr., Barrack Obama… – See more at: http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/government-corruption-1/the-arkansas-drug-money-laundering-factory.html
Oh, what they won’t do for a dollar – or maybe for a little “population control”. If you still trust in the goodness of our great institutions of science, medicine, the military, etc… PLEASE watch this video very carefully. Something happened after WWII. The US inherited many scientists from the 3rd Reich. We are now in the 4th Reich. Practice your powers of discernment and follow the money trail.
Here’s her idea of the “majority” of americans, the people who have worked behind the scenes to orchestrate the economic destruction of the USA:
Heaven forbid americans have any access to self defense from those who would “protect” us.
Heavily armed, well funded, and organized as a professional, standing army, the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) swept southward into Iraq from Turkey and northeastern Syria, taking the cities of Mosul and Tikrit, and now threaten the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad itself. The United States was sure to prop up two unfounded narratives – the first being that US intelligence agencies, despite assets in Iraq and above it in the form of surveillance drones, failed to give warning of the invasion, and that ISIS is some sort of self-sustaining terror organization carving out a “state” by “robbing banks” and collecting “donations” on Twitter. …